The House at Sugar Beach: In Search of a Lost African Childhood

By Helene Cooper

Journalist Helene Cooper examines the violent earlier of her domestic state Liberia and the consequences of its 1980 army coup during this deeply own memoir and finalist for the 2008 nationwide booklet Critics Circle Award.

Helene Cooper is “Congo,” a descendant of 2 Liberian dynasties—traced again to the 1st send of freemen that set sail from long island in 1820 to stumbled on Monrovia. Helene grew up at Sugar seashore, a twenty-two-room mansion by way of the ocean. Her adolescence was once packed with servants, flashy autos, a villa in Spain, and a farmhouse up-country. It was once additionally an African youth, choked with knock foot video games and sizzling pepper soup, heartmen and neegee. whilst Helene used to be 8, the Coopers took in a foster child—a universal customized one of the Liberian elite. Eunice, a Bassa lady, by surprise turned referred to as “Mrs. Cooper’s daughter.”

For years the Cooper daughters—Helene, her sister Marlene, and Eunice—blissfully loved the trimmings of wealth and virtue. yet Liberia was once like an unwatched pot of water left boiling at the range. And on April 12, 1980, a bunch of squaddies staged a coup d'état, assassinating President William Tolbert and executing his cupboard. The Coopers and the full Congo classification have been now the hunted, being imprisoned, shot, tortured, and raped. After a brutal sunlight assault by means of a ragtag workforce of squaddies, Helene, Marlene, and their mom fled Sugar seashore, after which Liberia, for the USA. They left Eunice behind.

A international away, Helene attempted to assimilate as an American teen. on the college of North Carolina at Chapel Hill she came upon her ardour in journalism, ultimately turning into a reporter for the Wall highway Journal and the New York Times. She mentioned from every little thing of the globe—except Africa—as Liberia descended into war-torn, third-world hell.

In 2003, a near-death adventure in Iraq confident Helene that Liberia—and Eunice—could wait now not. without delay a deeply own memoir and an exam of a violent and stratified kingdom, The condominium at Sugar Beach tells of tragedy, forgiveness, and transcendence with unflinching honesty and a survivor's mild humor. And at its center, it's a tale of Helene Cooper’s lengthy voyage domestic.

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Black Powder War (Temeraire, Book 3)

By Naomi Novik

“A fantastic series.”
–Anne McCaffrey

“Naomi Novik has performed for the Napoleonic Wars what Anne McCaffrey did for technological know-how fiction: developed an alternative truth during which dragons are actual in a saga that's impressively unique, totally built, and peopled with characters you care about.”
–David Weber, writer of the consideration Harrington series

After their fateful experience in China, Capt. Will Laurence of His Majesty’s Aerial Corps and his outstanding dragon, Temeraire, are waylaid through a mysterious envoy bearing pressing new orders from Britain. 3 important dragon eggs were bought from the Ottoman Empire, and Laurence and Temeraire needs to detour to Istanbul to escort the dear shipment again to England. Time is of the essence if the eggs are to be borne domestic prior to hatching.

Yet catastrophe threatens the undertaking at each turn–thanks to the diabolical machinations of the chinese language dragon Lien, who blames Temeraire for her master’s dying and vows to best friend herself with Napoleon and take vengeance. Then, confronted with shattering betrayal in an unforeseen position, Laurence, Temeraire, and their squad needs to release a bold offensive. yet what probability have they got opposed to the massed forces of Bonaparte’s implacable military?

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Civil War (Penguin Classics)

By Lucan

A impressive new translation of the long-lasting epic in regards to the sundering of the Roman Republic.

Lucan lived from 39-65 advert at a time of serious turbulence in Rome. His Civil War portrays of the main colourful and strong figures of the age-Julius Caesar and Pompey the nice, enemies in a vicious fight for energy that severed bloodlines and commenced the transformation of Roman civilization. With correct locked in wrestle with may well, legislation and order broke down and the anarchic violence that resulted left its mark at the Roman humans eternally, paving the best way for the imperial monarchy. obtainable and glossy but unswerving to the rhetorical brilliance of the unique, this may be the definitive Civil Warof our times.

For greater than seventy years, Penguin has been the top writer of vintage literature within the English-speaking global. With greater than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a world bookshelf of the easiest works all through historical past and throughout genres and disciplines. Readers belief the sequence to supply authoritative texts stronger via introductions and notes by means of individual students and modern authors, in addition to up to date translations via award-winning translators.

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Guignol's band I – Guignol's band II (Le pont de Londres)

By Louis-Ferdinand Céline

On est parti dans l. a. vie avec les conseils des mom and dad. Ils n'ont pas tenu devant l'existence. On est tombé dans les salades qu'étaient plus affreuses l'une que l'autre. On est sorti comme on a pu de ces conflagrations funestes, plutôt de traviole, tout crabe baveux, à reculons, pattes en moins. On s'est bien marré quelques fois, faut être juste, même avec los angeles merde, mais toujours en proie d'inquiétudes que les vacheries recommenceraient... Et toujours elles ont recommencé... Rappelons-nous !

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Philadelphia 1777: Taking the capital (Campaign)

By Justin Clement, Stephen Walsh

Ending with the autumn of the capital urban to the British military, the crusade for Philadelphia set in movement a chain of occasions, that resulted in the defeat of the British and eventual independence for the rising American nation.

From the touchdown of Howe's military on the head of the Elk River in Maryland, to his eventual trap of Philadelphia, the crusade integrated a few attention-grabbing battles. the 1st engagement at Brandywine, the inconclusive conflict of the Clouds, the arguable Paoli bloodbath, the overlooked chance at Germantown, and the maturing of a military at Valley Forge, are all tested intimately by way of Justin Clement, with aiding maps, unique paintings, and photographs.

Recently came across information regarding the conflict of Brandywine and research of the most important personalities concerned, completes this accomplished account of an enormous episode within the American struggle of Independence (1775-1783).

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Soldier H: The Headhunters of Borneo (SAS, Book 8)

By Shaun Clarke

In 1963, the previous British colony of Malaya was once lobbying for the formation of a brand new political entity, the Federation of Malaysia, Singapore, Sabeh (North Borneo), Brunei and Sarawak.

Viewing this as a probability to his desires of growth, President Sukarno of Indonesia started infiltrating insurgents into Borneo. In reaction, the British organised a strength of Malay, British and Commonwealth troops to include the rebels.

What used to be such a lot desperately wanted, even though, was once a expert team who may perhaps practice hugely risky and laborious army initiatives within the inhospitable, perilous terrain.

The merely males compatible for such operations have been the mythical precise Air carrier – the SAS!

Soldier H SAS: The Headhunters of Borneo is the tale of 1 of the least-known, so much notable wars in British heritage. The SAS braved jungle and swamp infested with snakes, lizards, leeches, wild pigs and all types of toxic bugs to stay with the primitive, headhunting natives of their longhouses via the rivers, successful their hearts and minds with scientific relief and different information, then education them as paramilitaries who could finally develop into referred to as the Border Scouts.

While the various SAS remained for months with the headhunters, different moved even deeper into the unexplored jungle – 'the Gap' – to set up ambush websites and helicopter touchdown zones. additionally they carried out bold 'Claret' raids around the border whilst, because the well known 'Tiptoe Boys' who hit tough and vanished quickly, they set booby traps and ambushed enemy troops relocating alongside the numerous jungle tracks and rivers. They fought a bloody, nightmarish battle – and gained it.

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Wit'ch Gate (The Banned and the Banished, Book 4)

By James Clemens

In a staggering feat of bold and magic, Elena and her military of outlaws and rebels have defeated evil's minions and published the mystic secrets and techniques of the Blood Diary. however the malevolent darkish Lord has unleashed the Weirgates-black wells of ferocious power which are his maximum resource of energy. Now Elena's bravest allies are despatched to discover and spoil the Gates, as windships hold the struggle north to the frigid woodlands, south to the burning desolate tract sands, and east to the blasted areas of dread Gul'gotha.

alongside the way in which, they'll face their very own own demons in addition. the dual brothers Mogweed and Fardale race opposed to time to damage the curse that has stolen their shapechanging birthright, and Elena's brother Joach needs to stay away from the wilderness sandsharks if he's to grasp his personal elemental strength. the path will lead them even to the marvelous el'vin native land of Stormhaven. not one of the rebels will get back unscathed, a few by no means returning in any respect . . .

And Elena herself needs to trip to Gulgotha. bold the enemy's personal lair, she needs to emerge successful if she is to bare the key of the darkish Lord's scary identity-and the stunning nature of his large powers.

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The No-Nonsense Guide to Conflict and Peace (No-Nonsense Guides)

The 20th century was once the main bloody in historical past, and already clash in this century has taken a heavy toll. such a lot wars at the moment are inside international locations instead of among states, and infrequently it really is civilians who are suffering such a lot, specially ladies and children.

This is a useful advisor for college kids, peace teams, and activists. It examines the altering forms of struggle, together with the warfare on terror and ethnic clash reminiscent of in Rwanda, the function of international relations and the UN, and what steps traditional everyone is taking to rebuild groups. It deals principles and proposal for developing lasting peace.

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Obama's Wars

By Bob Woodward

In Obama’s Wars, Bob Woodward presents the main intimate and sweeping portrait but of the younger president as commander in leader. Drawing on inner memos, categorised records, assembly notes and thousands of hours of interviews with lots of the key avid gamers, together with the president, Woodward tells the interior tale of Obama making the severe judgements at the Afghanistan battle, the key crusade in Pakistan and the global struggle opposed to terrorism.

At the middle of Obama’s Wars is the unsettled department among the civilian management within the White apartment and the USA army because the president is thwarted in his efforts to craft an go out plan for the Afghanistan War.

“So what’s my option?” the president requested his warfare cupboard, looking possible choices to the Afghanistan commander’s request for 40,000 extra troops in overdue 2009. “You have basically given me one option...It’s unacceptable.”

“Well,” Secretary of safety Robert Gates eventually stated, “Mr. President, i feel we owe you that option.”

It by no means got here. An untamed vp Joe Biden pushes relentlessly to restrict the army challenge and keep away from one other Vietnam. The vice chairman frantically despatched part a dozen handwritten memos by way of safe fax to Obama at the eve of the ultimate troop decision.

President Obama’s ordering a surge of 30,000 troops and pledging to begin taking flight U.S. forces via July 2011 didn't finish the skirmishing.

General David Petraeus, the recent Afghanistan commander, thinks time could be further to the clock if he exhibits development. “I don’t imagine you win this war,” Petraeus acknowledged privately. “This is the type of struggle we’re in for the remainder of our lives and doubtless our children’ lives.”

Hovering over this debate is the potential for one other terrorist assault within the usa. The White condominium led a mystery workout displaying how unprepared the govt. is that if terrorists trigger a nuclear bomb in an American city—which Obama advised Woodward is on the best of the record of what he concerns approximately all of the time.

Verbatim prices from mystery debates and White apartment technique sessions—and firsthand debts of the options and matters of the president, his warfare council and his generals—reveal a central authority in clash, frequently fed on with nasty infighting and primary disputes.

Woodward has came across how the Obama White residence fairly works, exhibiting that much more tricky judgements lie forward for the cerebral and engaged president.

Obama’s Wars deals the reader a gorgeous, you-are-there account of the president, his White condo aides, army leaders, diplomats and intelligence chiefs during this time of turmoil and possibility.

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